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How to ‘reverse sear’ cook a steak

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the best way to cook a steak to a perfect medium rare - the reverse sear method

Have you heard of this reverse sear thing? It’s what all the cool kids are doing. Traditionally, a restaurant method of cooking steak involved searing over incredibly high heat, then transferring to an oven to finish on a more gentle heat until done. The reverse sear method pretty much just flips the order, and involves first cooking the meat on a very low heat before searing the outside on a super hot surface.

The basic idea is that this way you have greater control over the Maillard Reaction (that magical process that turns things yummy and brown), because you’re making sure the high heat only comes into play right at the end and that the steak inside will be perfect. So, instead of an internal ring of different “doneness” your steak will be perfectly medium all the way through, save for the very outside.

Truth be told, I love my steaks rare, so a regular pan sear works for me, but there’s no denying this is the ultimate cook method to achieve a perfect medium/medium-rare throughout.

You will definitely need a meat thermometer to do this correctly – the ‘ol palm pinch test is not gunna cut it here! And though it ultimately takes longer to cook than other methods, because you’ve rested the steak before the sear, it’s ready to eat straight away.

I use an oven/pan to reverse sear, but you can definitely experiment with a smoking/grilling combo too.

Method after the pics!

beautiful ribeye waiting for the cook
seasoning is everything!
a meat thermometer is crucial to the task
it wont look very appealing after the first cook, but stay with it
so. damn. juicy.
juicy right to the end pieces.

How to reverse sear cook a steak
 
Author: Jess Pryles - BurgerMary

Ingredients
  • One behemothly thick steak (bone in ribeye works great!). It's going to need to be at least 1" thick if not more. The thicker, the better.
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 135c/275f
  2. Place well seasoned steaks on a rack over a baking tray (cover the tray with foil to save yourself a clean up)
  3. Put in oven and cook til an internal temp of 125-135f depending on your preference of "doneness". Usually takes around 45-60 minutes.
  4. Remove when at temp and rest for 10-15 minutes under foil
  5. Preheat a skillet or heavy based pan to screamingly hot temperatures
  6. Sear steaks for one minute each side
  7. Serve immediately

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abartlett
2650 days ago
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Another new take on doing steaks. Will definitely give this one a go soon.
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Severely Underappreciated Profession

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Severely Underappreciated Profession

I have a feeling there's a lot of tech support workers out there cringing a little at my portrayal of the kinds of questions they'd ask.

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abartlett
2675 days ago
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Can't think of anything like this....
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Anywhere I want?  AS LONG AS IT’S NOT INSIDE A HOUSE...

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Anywhere I want? 

AS LONG AS IT’S NOT INSIDE A HOUSE IT’S FAIR GAME. THAT’S HOW I’VE COME TO UNDERSTAND IT.

What about cleanup?

NOT YOUR CONCERN. SOMEONE COMES ALONG WITH A BAG. 

You’re kidding.

I KNOW, IT SOUNDS CRAZY, BUT I SWEAR IT’S TRUE.

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Sydney, Australia
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How I lost my $50,000 Twitter username

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This article originally appeared on Medium.com: How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username

I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter. I've been offered as much as $50,000 for it. People have tried to steal it. Password reset instructions are a regular sight in my e-mail inbox. As of today, I no longer control @N. I was extorted into giving it up.

While eating lunch on January 20, 2014, I received a text message from PayPal for a one-time validation code. Somebody was trying to steal my PayPal account. I ignored it and continued eating.

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abartlett
3030 days ago
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Just wow. Social engineering is still the most dangerous security hole
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josephwebster
3029 days ago
True, because it's one for which there is no practical mitigation.
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Lacrymosa
3028 days ago
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Yikes.
Boston, MA
shamgar_bn
3030 days ago
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Wow, what a tragedy
Wake Forest, North Carolina
kazriko
3030 days ago
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Things like this make me miss Network Solutions back in the late 90's and their methods for maintaining domains. All requests to change things on your domain had to be signed with your PGP key back then. Not user friendly, but a heck of a lot more secure.

At least Gandi.net has two-factor authentication...
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GuuZ
3031 days ago
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Bizar!
lelandpaul
3032 days ago
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whoa -- really glad I ditched GoDaddy a while back, but it's definitely time to go ditch PayPal, holy shit. Also, really good advice about using generic email address for logins -- I'll be following that from now on.
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kazriko
3032 days ago
Well, it's a matter of how easily your generic email address can be compromised. Do you have two factor authentication on it? Yeah, GoDaddy is one of the worst registrars on the internet, and nobody should be using them.
lelandpaul
3032 days ago
Oh, yes, two factor for sure, on everything possible.
gazuga
3031 days ago
A reminder to use Anil Dash's coinage, "2Fac Secure".
farmjope
3032 days ago
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this is a crazy read
peelman
3032 days ago
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So my question is: why doesn't twitter turn this asshole over to the authorities?
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A teacher’s brilliant way to visualize gravity

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abartlett
3062 days ago
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Cool visualisation on how gravity works.
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